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EMPOWERMENT - What does “empowering” mean? A nifty buzzword we like to throw around, but few actually understand what it means. To empower means to give power or authority to…So how does one give up or give away power? Even if the one who you’re empowering may be surprised by your efforts? Paul Simon, you set a great example with this moment. (Notice every little gesture and the facial expressions in the video)

NPR reports “Paul Simon and a Moment of Pure Sobbing Joy” -

Paul Simon has brought joy to so many for so long, but on this night he made Rayna Ford’s dream come true. During a show in Toronto on May 7, (2011) Rayna Ford, a fan from Newfoundland, called out for Simon to play “Duncan,” and said something to the effect that she learned to play guitar on the song. In a moment of astonishment and disbelief, Paul Simon invited her on stage, handed her a guitar and asked her to play it for the crowd. When she strapped on the guitar, the audience went crazy. In a few strums, the band played along, tears ran down Rayna Ford’s cheeks and Simon stood by her side in smiles.


(Source: NPR)

We’ve forgotten that a rich life consists fundamentally of serving others, trying to leave the world a little better than you found it. We need the courage to question the powers that be, the courage to be impatient with evil and patient with people, the courage to fight for social justice. In many instances we will be stepping out on nothing, and just hoping to land on something. But that’s the struggle. To live is to wrestle with despair, yet never allow despair to have the last word.
Cornel West, from The Impossible Will Take a Little While

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